Viet Nam REDD network foundation

Nguyễn Bích Hằng – Communications Officer, FSSP

Hanoi – On 22 July 2009, the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) in collaboration with Department of Forestry (MARD) and its partners held a meeting for the establishment of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) network in Viet Nam.

The Department of Forestry (DoF) is the focal point within the Government of Viet Nam to oversee the development and implementation of a national REDD programme. The DoF is currently seeking to develop a National REDD programme to engage in international forest carbon markets and provide inputs to international talks regarding a future REDD international trading scheme at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP-15 in Copenhagen in December 2009.

The REDD Network is a multi-partner team to support the development of REDD readiness in the context of efforts by the Government of Vietnam to address Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, as reflected in the National Target Programme on Climate Change Response for the period 2009-2015 (NTP/CCR).

The strategic objectives of the NTP/CCR are to assess climate change impacts on sectors and regions; and to take opportunities to develop towards a low-carbon economy, and to join the international community’s efforts in mitigating climate change and protecting the climatic system.  In the context of these objectives of the NTP/CCR, the objective of the REDD Network is to coordinate the activities of Vietnamese agencies and international development partners (including NGOs) in establishing the necessary institutions, policies and processes to allow Viet Nam to participate actively and effectively in programmes of the UNFCCC to reduce deforestation and forest degradation, and to promote conservation, sustainable forest management, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (“REDD+”).

At the meeting, it was agreed that the REDD Network will be chaired by the DoF and co-chair by international development partner on a rotation basis with Norwegian Embassy will take the role for the first cycle. Membership of the REDD Network is open-ended, consisting of representatives of the DoF, the Department of International Cooperation (ICD), Coordination Office of the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP), National Office for the implementation of the UNCCD, other relevant departments and organizations of the Government of Viet Nam, and representatives of relevant bilateral and multilateral development partners and broader stakeholders if possible. Proposed Terms of Refrence of the Network was endorsed, and some follow-up action were agreed to be done soon for preparation of UN-REDD Inception Workshop on 27 August 2009.

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